The 5Ds has 50Mp, but no 4K


Well. I must admit I missed this piece of news completely. Whilst that’s not exactly true the idea of writing an article sort of skipped my mind. So far the 5Ds (which I must confirm has not yet been confirmed by Canon despite various leaks), the latest instalment in Canon’s 5D series has many of the features we hoped it would, but there is one that is most definitely missing. That’s the ability to record 4K video.

Now I discussed the 5D MKIV as I then called it many months ago. The original articles are here and here. Everyone in the industry (quite fairly in my opinion) presumed that the 5D MKIV would feature the ability to record 4K videos. However we then heard more rumours that Canon would release the 5D in several models, like Sony did with the A7, each model more suited to certain types of photography/videography.

According to Canon Rumours the 5Ds will feature

  • 50.6mp full frame CMOS
  • 53mp total resolution
  • 5DS R has no low pass filter
  • AF 61 points (41 points cross type)
  • ISO 100-6400 (extended with ISO50 and 12800)
  • Dual DIGIC 6
  • 3.2 inch LCD 1.04 million pixels
  • RAW (50MP), M-RAW (28MP), S-RAW (12.4MP)
  • CF (UDMA7), SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Crop modes 1.3x and 1.6x
  • 100% field of view
  • Magnification 0.71 times, the eye point 21 mm
  • Electronic Level
  • Grid display
  • EV-2 support.
  • Itr AF
  • Anti-flicker
  • Time-lapse movie
  • Bulb timer
  • Face recognition during live view
  • 150,000 pixel RGB-TR metering sensor
  • 252 zone TTL metering
  • EOS iSA system
  • Shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds
  • Synchro is 1/200 sec
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec
  • Video 1920×1080 30fps (ALL-I or IPB)
  • Mini HDMI output terminal
  • External microphone terminal
  • Battery LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • Dimensions 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
  • Weight 930g (CIPA guidelines). 845g (body only)

Of course the big thing missing is the 4K video, but there are other more interesting changes. There is no headphone output, and the ISO range is tiny, but that is for a very good reason. Cameras like the C100, C300, C500 and A7s have such extraordinary good low light sensitivity because of their large photocites. Whilst I haven’t actually bothered to do the maths, the A7s has around a 12Mp full frame sensor compared to the 5Ds’s 50Mp one. The pixels on the A7s are literally more than twice the size and many times the surface area, making it the king of low light.

More pixels does not necessarily equal better camera. When I talked of Canon needing a 30Mp+ camera I didn’t think they would push it quite this far. We are now talking Medium format resolution from a Full Frame sensor. Is this really worth it?

I can honestly fully understand why Canon didn’t go for 4K video on this camera though. Not only do they want to protect their outlandishly expensive 1D-C (which did just get a massive $4000 price drop that has left owners seething), but they also want to ensure they can introduce 4K down the line. With such a big sensor, there would have to be a lot of pixel binning/ line skipping, which is bad. I seriously doubt Canon would go for 8K-4K supersampling on a DSLR. The only camera I can think of that does a similar thing is the F-65.


Write a variety of articles, when I get the time. Usually do more longform and analysis than I probably should. Also an editor.

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